As the regular season draws closer, there have been plenty of changes surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers. The roster continues to be trimmed down in preparation for Opening Day, and new food options and security measures at Dodger Stadium have been announced in recent days.
As the Dodgers have hit the homestretch of their preparation on the field, there’s more off-the-field news as the club announced Wednesday former general manager Ned Colletti was added to the SportsNet LA broadcast team. Colletti joined Rick Monday in the broadcast booth over the last week and his previous stops in the Dodgers’ front office led to some compelling tidbits of information.
During Colletti’s tenure as GM, the Dodgers reached the postseason in three of his first four seasons, and five times overall — including back-to-back NL West titles in 2013 and 2014. He navigated his way through a dark period for the franchise as Frank McCourt’s final years were marred by his divorce and financial troubles.
Under the Guggenheim ownership group, Colletti was afforded more flexibility by virtue of a seemingly endless money supply. He quickly orchestrated the trade with the Boston Red Sox that brought Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez out west, along with over $200 million in payroll, which signaled to fans money wasn’t an object if it meant winning.
While Colletti built competitive teams, he faced heavy criticism due to a combination of unfortunate decisions and inability to land bullpen help at last season’s trade deadline. The Dodgers’ shortcomings in the postseason for a second-straight year led to a front office overhaul and Colletti being reassigned to a role as senior advisor to the president and CEO Stan Kasten.
Colletti retains his position with the Dodgers and it isn’t yet known how many games he’ll join the SportsNet LA booth.
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